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Watch: 4 Clips From 'Texas Killing Fields' Reveal Both Tough & Tender Sides Of Ami Canaan Mann's Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 1:18 AM
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So, what is Ami Canaan Mann's "Texas Killing Fields"? A rountine cops 'n killers flick or is it something for more disturbing, atmospheric and moody? We have to admit, the first trailer for the film didn't exactly leave us with much optimism, however, this latest look does make a small case for its inclusion in the competition lineup at the Venice Film Festival.

Review: 'Shark Night 3D' A Joyless, Trashy Thriller

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 2, 2011 1:01 AM
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When Rogue Pictures announced that their forthcoming horror film “Shark Night 3D” was going to be rated PG-13 instead of R, they shepherded it into theaters with two strikes already against it. Especially following the go-for-broke gratuitousness of Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha 3D,” but really in the wake of every single killer fish movie since the original “Jaws,” to deny an audience gory dismemberments or even just gloriously pointless nudity feels, well, irresponsible. But with “Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis behind the camera, “Shark Night 3D” is a full-fledged, bottom-of-the-ninth strikeout, a trashy, stupid, joyless, and overlong thriller that makes Aja’s grand guignol look positively arty by comparison.

Venice '11 Review: 'Carnage' Is Fun While It Lasts, But Insubstantial & Anonymous

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2011 12:22 PM
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Compared to his last film, Roman Polanski's "Carnage" must have been a breeze. Not that the shoot for "The Ghost Writer" was "Fitzcarraldo" or anything, but, famously, the project hit a major speed bump in September 2009, while the film was in post-production, when the helmer was arrested in Zurich, and deportation proceedings were begun against him for the statutory rape case that has overshadowed the last thirty-odd years of his career. The Swiss authorities decided not to hand Polanski over, but he still spent months in prison, and was forced to complete post on his Robert Harris adaptation from there.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer & Lovely Poster For 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 11:32 AM
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If last year the Oscar story centered around the breakout performance by Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone," Fox Searchlight is hoping the awards season narrative this fall will focus on Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and certainly, she deserves it.

Cameron Crowe Says He's Already Writing Next Film, Inspired By Kids He Met During 'Zoo' Auditions

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 1, 2011 11:01 AM
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Director Also Says 'Say Anything' Sequel Is A "Pipe Dream," But Reveals Deleted Scenes On His BlogWith three new films arriving in 2011, "Almost Famous" director Cameron Crowe has his hands full this year.

'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Actor Martin Starr Talks A Fickle Industry & "Having A Huge Dick"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 1, 2011 10:53 AM
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Since his breakthrough role as the deadpan “geek” Bill on the acclaimed but woefully ratings-deficient TV show “Freaks and Geeks,” Martin Starr has carved out a successful niche for himself playing characters who fortify themselves against the slings and arrows of the world with deadly, razor-sharp wit. But in his new film “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,” Starr backs into that persona from a different point of view, playing a cool rock musician who is secretly paralyzed by quandaries as simple as whether or not to wear a hat on the cover of his debut album. When asked how much he could relate to in the new comedy, which was written and directed by Alex Gregory (a “Late Show with David Letterman” alum) and Peter Huyck, Starr confessed he shared more than a few similarities with his character Duquez, down to his physical description in the original script.

New Pic Of Ryan Gosling In 'Drive' Plus 2 TV Spots For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 10:05 AM
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Update: MTV has unveiled a new clip from "Drive." Watch below.
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Watch: Everyone Looks Depressingly Old In The 'American Reunion' Teaser Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 9:04 AM
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When "American Reunion" comes out next spring it will have been nine long years since the gang from "American Wedding" last saw each other, and unfortunately, time has not been on their side. Universal has released a teaser trailer of sorts, that is little more than a photobooth montage of images of the newly assembled cast, but, god, we feel fucking old. Pretty much everyone here has really aged and not for the better (Seann William Scott...dude, what happened?) with the exception of Alysson Hannigan who still looks like her perpetually perky, youthful self.

'Total Recall' Scribe Mark Bomback To Rewrite 'The Wolverine'; Viper To Play A Bigger Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 8:50 AM
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With the start date of "The Wolverine" recently being pushed from this fall until next spring (so that Hugh Jackman can star in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables"), the filmmakers are making the curious decision to rewrite the Christopher McQuarrie script that, according to everybody, was great and good to go before Darren Aronofksy bailed and the earthquake shook Japan. Typical Fox meddling? A need for more explosions? Unnecessary tinkering? Or truly making it the best story it can be? It's probably a bit of each, but fans should be worried as Variety reports that Mark Bomback, the man behind "Live Free Or Die Hard," "Unstoppable" and next year's "Total Recall" reboot is now taking his word processor to the material.

Kevin Smith's Comic Book Reality Series 'Secret Stash' Gets 6 Episode Order From AMC

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 7:10 AM
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With cable TV now proving to be the stomping ground for directors with ambitious stories to tell, Kevin Smith is preferring to play things safe, and stick to the well worn route he has traveled all these years. So if you're expecting Smith to visit AMC -- the home of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" -- with a project as daring as "Red State" (for example) you're shit out of luck.

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